Vittorio Cassar

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Vittorio Cassar
Born c.1550
Birgu, Malta
Died 1607 (aged c.57)
Nationality Maltese
Buildings Wignacourt towers
various churches
Parish church of the Assumption of Mary, Birkirkara. The roof and dome of the church collapsed in an earthquake in 1856. The church was later restored, but the dome was never rebuilt and damage can still be seen on the pedament.

Vittorio Cassar was a Maltese architect and military engineer in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He designed several churches and coastal fortifications.


Vittorio Cassar was born around 1550 in the town of Birgu. His father was the architect Girolamo Cassar and his mother Mattea Cassar. In the 1570s, his family moved to Strada Pia (now Melita Street) in the newly built capital city Valletta where his father had designed many buildings.

He was also accused and sentenced by the Roman Inquisition for the practice of magic. It is now believed that his 'sins' were possession of banned books.[1]

While Vittorio Cassar is not as well known as his father, he still designed a number of important buildings. A number of these were designed by him, but were actually built many years after his death. Among the buildings attributed to him, there are:

Cassar died in 1607 on the island of Gozo. He was buried in the chapel of Saint Barbara within the Walls in the Cittadella.[5]


  1. ^ The Roman Inquisition in Malta. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  2. ^ Zebbug. John Scerri, Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  3. ^ First line of defence: Wignacourt Tower. Malta Inside Out. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  4. ^ Birkirkara. John Scerri, Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  5. ^ Rabat (Victoria). John Scerri, Retrieved 7 March 2014.